WAN Interior Awards (Residential), Interiors Longlist 2012
Our client’s brief was to create a studio residence and flexible work space in an existing 1930’s building in Melbourne.
The aesthetic of this project was the antithesis of the brief. The client desired a look of solidity, permanence and substance in a reconfigurable space that did not look flexible, lightweight or temporary.
It was important to establish the space in context of its CBD laneway location. The long narrow building had existing windows to an adjacent derelict building and laneway on the east side. To establish a sense of place, we created four full height 3.6 metre wide openings offering a classic rooftop cityscape view and flooding the space with natural light. Light wells were transformed into terraces creating connection to laneway activity below.
A series of robust yet finely detailed interior fixtures were created, dividing the space into a sequence of reconfigurable ‘rooms’. The fixtures take the form of fireplaces, display cases, bookshelves, pivoting walls, demountable blocks and even a secret bookcase door.
The interior conceives the structural space as a neutral shell upon which the manipulation of space is highlighted and accentuated by fixtures and fittings. The structural form is expressed as a ‘white’ skeleton, whilst brightly coloured accents are provided by the furniture and flexible elements.
Fixtures such as the light fittings with small details of colour, reflect the surrounding palette and imbue the interior with a sense of their industrial origins.
The textural qualities of the chosen materials, including recycled solid timber, copper, stone and leather, provide a sense of warmth and possess a permanence, solidity and integrity by improving with age.
Detailing is honest, robust and tactile, the materiality of finishes being expressed in edges, junctions and fixings. Furniture was selected with a sense of fun, some pieces in acidic colours as a counterpoint to the subdued base palette.
Materials were selected for their low environmental and emission impact, longevity and renewability. Recycled or FSC certified timber was used throughout, leather is processed without chroming and demountable wall elements are constructed in a material made of recycled PET bottles.
SECRET CELLAR HOUSE
A large sliding door opens to reveal a sunken Cellar
The Secret Cellar
Alice in Wonderland powder room
Above the Yarra River, the views look west to the city. From here you get a profile of Melbourne’s CBD, the amalgam of nineteenth-century church spires and major office towers, the sports complexes around the MCG, the botanical gardens and Government House’s tower.
From the front door you can get a feel for what lies beyond. There is a series of spaces through which you must pass: an atrium indoor garden flooded with light and sun, a double height living/dining area overlooking the immediate garden of mature trees, through which the city appears.
There are bedrooms above this level, while a billiards room and recreation area are situated under. The final journey towards the river is a bridge link to an eyrie. From here the gardens and the riverbank are below, the house is to the rear and the city beyond is another front.
MULTI - RESIDENTIAL | HERITAGE APARTMENTS
MULTI - RESIDENTIAL | RESIDE CARLTON
Reside Carlton presents two apartment buildings, and five unique residences set in richly diverse surrounds. Sharing a commitment to design excellence and indulgent urban amenity, the buildings enjoy interconnected walkways, green spaces and a rooftop terrace, set against a backdrop of modern façades that interpret the location’s historically renowned architecture and global village style.
Each apartment offers environmentally sustainable design features with abundant natural light, solar gas-boosted hot water, energy and water efficient fixtures and fittings, and rainwater harvesting for a greener future. Options are provided for a study, living room joinery, kitchen island bench, integrated fridge and light or dark kitchen joinery colour schemes.